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YOU and how Trauma affects the Brain

Trauma disrupts the stress-hormone system.  It plays havoc with

the entire nervous system, which prevents people from processing

and integrating traumatic memories into conscious mental



Rachel’s has a lot of information on trauma and how

it affects YOUR brain.


On the website, it gives very detailed information about the brain

and how it works in trauma


Trauma creates chaos in our brain:


The amygdala is a small, almond-shaped portion of the brain


It is the emotional part.  It is the primitive part of the brain


It interprets messages that there is a danger.


It knows nothing about reasoning originative functions.  It deals

with feelings and emotions


It controls emotional reactions such as fear and anger

It is the alarm portion of the brain

It becomes high active during and while remembering a traumatic


It controls our behavior.  When you have been in trauma it is

hypersensitive-overreacts to normal stimuli

Trauma freezes thinking.

It is as though the left side(cognitive) and the right side(emotional)

are disconnected from one another.


Usually, our body and emotions and thoughts are all connected.

Trauma separates these from one another

I remember when I went through trauma- loss of mother, brother,

and sister in little over 2 years, and then I was having hips

problems at the same time.  Listed below are some things that

may help you overcome trauma:


  1. Learn about causes and risk factors of trauma


  1. move frequently in ways that exercise your arms and legs


  1. make the face-to-face connection with others a priority


  1. learn about and practice things that soothe your nervous system


  1. make choices that will boost your physical health


  1. learn more by reading related articles. talks about that:

During trauma, your amygdala is responsible for emotions and

actions motivated by survival needs.  In threatening situations:


Increases your arousal and autonomic response associated with



Activates the release of stress hormones

Engages your emotional response

Decides what memories are stored and where they should be

placed around the cortex

Applies feeling, tone and emotional charge to memory

Adjacent to the amygdala the hippocampus is responsible for the

formation, organization, storage and retrieval of memories.

Technical, it converts them from short-term to long-term, sending

them to the appropriate parts of your outer brain for storage

Trauma, however, hijacks this process; the hippocampus is

prevented from transforming the memories and so those

memories remain in an activated, short-term status.  This stops

the memories of being properly integrated so that their effects

diminish.  In some cases, when the hippocampus’ function is

suppressed it has been shown to shrink.

The blood flow to the brain is affected and trauma that is strictly

mental or emotional rather than the result of a physical injury can

manifest in our bodies in a variety of ways including chronically

restricted tissue, the shrinking or bracing of the overall structure, a

tight diaphragm and shallow breathing, cold hands, and feet—

which is the body summoning energy from the extremities to the

central nervous system and core), and strong tensions at the

base of the skull and at the bottom of the spine.


There is lots more to trauma than just the trauma itself.  Having to

get past the trauma and the effects on your WHOLE being.










YOU and Marcus Aurelius and his book “Meditations

One of the world’s most famous and influential books,

Meditations, by the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius incorporates

the stoic precepts he used to cope with his life as a warrior and

administrator of an empire.  Ascending to the throne in A.D. 161,

Aurelius found his reign beset by natural disasters and war.  In the

wake of these challenges, he set down a series of private

reflections, outlining a philosophy of commitment to virtue above

pleasure and tranquility above happiness.


Marcus wrote for himself, to improve himself, to consider what

and who he should be; as a result, he wrote a guide for the rest of

of us.


Self-perception, self-examination, and the power to make of itself

whatever it wants. it reaches its intended goal, no matter where

the limit of its life is set.  Marcus Aurelius makes comments and

points based on faith and as a believer, I like that.

Marcus Aurelius kept a diary and “Meditations” is from those

journals and writings.


There are different translations and you just have to find a

translation that works for you.  But, they all will follow the thought

process and wording of Marcus Aurelius’.


“Meditations” are unique in classical literature because it is the

personal and philosophical diary written in Greek by an

intellectual Roman emperor without any thought or intention of

publications – and remain of unique interest and relevance to the

modern world.  A lot of his thoughts and writings in the

diary is held by many when reading them today.


I loved reading his biography many years ago by Anthony R>

Birley.  I am sure there are other biographies about Marcus.

Here he was a Roman Emperor and writing about:










The following could be said by any number of motivational

speakers today:


“Do not imagine that, if something is hard for you to achieve, it is

therefore, impossible for any man but rather consider anything that

is humanly possible and appropriate to lie within your own reach



How wonderful to know that thought from a Roman Emperor?




“If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any

thought or action, I shall gladly change.  I seek the Truth, which

never harmed anyone; the harm is to persist in one’s own self-

deception and ignorance.



Here we are, how many centuries beyond Marcus Aurelius, a stoic

prince who became an Emperor, after Hadrian who as far as I have

read never thought that deeply about much except his next move

as Emperor.  And I did read a biography of him and the Hadrian

wall and all his wars and being away from Rome for long periods

of time.












YOU and Searching for a Meaningful Life


Atara Frankel is the great-granddaughter of Victor Frankel and

knew him for the first ten years of her life.  What an experience to

hear it from the actual family member of their past and history that

has affected world history for almost 80 years now.


Victor Frankl, an Austrian Jew, studied neurology and psychiatry

with a focus on depression and suicide years before being

arrested and deported by the Nazis in 1942.  He defied odds by

lasting three years in the concentration camps.  He lost his

parents, brother, and his wife, who was pregnant.  He was given a

visa but his family would not leave their home country.  Victor

worked as a slave laborer for awhile and then was able to work as

a physician until he was freed.


While in the camps he watched people that were there with him

Those without any purpose seemed to perish.  Those that

developed purpose and meaning to the harsh conditions got out

of bed every morning to face another unbearable day so they

could survive.


Read this book if you have any of the following:


Feeling scared

If you feel lost

If you are happy

If you have time

If you do not have time


Here are  some of the wonderful insights that are in this book:


“We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men

who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their

last piece of bread.  They may have been few in number, but they

offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but

one thing:  the last of the human freedoms-to choose one’s

the attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own



Throughout the book, Professor often quotes Nietzsche: “He who

has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.”

The book is essentially two works; his story from Nazi

concentration camp and his philosophy he called “Logotherapy”.

Logotherapy is a school of thought and in his writings, Frankl says

it is our duty to find meaning in life.  Being productive is his

message, and from my own life, it is the only way I stop on top of

my mind, body, and spirit. The one and only thing that you have

control of in the end is YOUR attitude.


YOUR attitude will make you age healthy if you use it to that end.

Read it once, and then read it again because it inspires you,

empowers you, and will likely lead you to find meaning in YOUR

life and keep developing as you age and as you develop.






YOU and a really good probiotic


Dr. Axe talks about the first and most overlooked reason that our

digestive tracts are critical to our health is because 80 percent of

our immune system is located in your digestive tract.


In addition to the impact on our immune systems, our digestive

systems are the second largest part of our neurological system.  It

is called the enteric nervous system and is located in the gut.

That is why it is called our second brain


Many people have health issues, such as thyroid imbalances,

chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism and many other

conditions do not realize that these illnesses originate in the gut.


If these issues and many others are connected to our gut health,

then what elements are essential for digestive health?


The statistics are staggering, yet poor gut health actually affects

much greater numbers than these statistics illustrate.

Your digestive health affects every physiological system in your



The many toxins we are subjected to today decrease digestive

function, affecting our ability to utilize nutrients and dried ourselves

of cholesterol, triggering chronic inflammation in the body, which

is the cause of many chronic conditions and diseases.

another secret to restoring your digestive health is all about

balancing out the good and bad bacteria in your gut.  If you are

going to be healthy, you must consider consuming probiotic-rich

foods and supplements daily.


Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support

your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection.  There

are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in

your body.


Your skin and digestive system by themselves host about 2,000

different types of bacteria.  Probiotics benefits have been proven

effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as

well as beautiful skin.


Good gut bacteria are also responsible for:

Production vitamin B12

Crowding out bad bacteria, yeast, and fungi

Creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria

Stimulating secretion of lgA and regulatory T-Cell


Adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you could see all of the

following probiotics benefits:

Stronger immune system

Improved digestion

Increased energy

Better breath

Healthier skin

Reduced cold and flu

Weight loss


Dr. Axe continues on about the top 7 Probiotic killers are:

Prescription antibiotics



GMO foods


Emotional stress

Chemical and medications


Research has proven that there are at least 20 benefits by taking



Boosting immune system

Preventing and treating urinary tract infection’s

Improving digestive function

Healing inflammatory bowel conditions

Managing and preventing eczema in children

Fighting food-borne illnesses

And new studies are underway that may soon prove probiotics

can help with much more.









YOU and Benefits of Magnesium are endless

Information below is from website:


Some of the facts about magnesium from ancient to today and

your body.


Magnesium is essential for the human body, integral for plant

Earth, and is used in many electronic today.

Magnesium reaches across many platforms of use.

Our bodies need magnesium

Earth’s crust has magnesium

Plants need magnesium

Used to construct missiles, automobiles, cell phones, and computers

Also, assists in medicine production


It is white and gray in color

Just as essential to your diet as potassium or calcium

Magnesium has an effect on more than 300 bodily chemical

reactions.  Maintain heart health, sustaining blood vessels,

boosting and maintain energy levels, product in new cells and

proteins, and enabling enzyme activity.

These chemical reactions not only affect the overall health of your

body, but your ability to perform daily tasks.

Sir Humphrey Davy discovered magnesium in 1755:  but that is

not really when people realized it’s potential –and probably in

ancient times it was part of their history.


Listed below are some facts:

Magnesium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies.

The chemical element symbol for magnesium is Mg.

The atomic number for magnesium is 12

Magnesium is essential for photosynthesis to take place

Magnesium has a boiling point of 1,091F.

Aside from sodium, magnesium is the most plentiful metal found

in seawater

Magnesium is essential for life: not only for our bodies, but for us

planet as well


10% of the Earth’s mass is made up from magnesium

the human body absorbs anywhere from 10-50% of magnesium


magnesium is essential for sleep

Listed below are some signs of inadequacies of magnesium:

Respiratory issues


Calcium deficiency

Nausea, dizziness, and fatigue

Type 2 diabetes

Poor memory functions or confusion


Muscle cramping

Irregular heartbeat

Involuntary eye movements or tremors


Loss of appetite

Panic attacks

Heart disease

Bowel disease

Blood clots


Listed below are benefits:


Bone health


Muscle building

Chronic pain

Eases muscle pain

Heart health

Insulin and diabetes





Collagen production

Bladder control


I have taken magnesium into my body for probably 15 years.  For

years I used the transdermal magnesium in my bath water, and

still love that but at the present I take magnesium along with

melatonin for my sleep and I must say my sleep pattern has never

been better.

When I used transdermal magnesium I ordered it from:

Global Light network out of San Antonio and any products they

have are A+ and probably as close to anything organic one can


Mark Sircus also has a book about “Transdermal Magnesium

Therapy” which is excellent.

Have Joy today and practice Prevention Health for YOUR aging










YOU and GOD and science

GOD is everything to me. He created all, all the universes, all the

way everything functions, and if YOU look at the Fibonacci theory

that tells a lot about GOD because everything GOD has made

can be traced by the Fibonacci theory – numbers.


But, there is a new DVD that can be ordered and really understand

that GOD is becoming better understood in the scientific

community and scientist themselves are coming to understand

that GOD is the force behind everything.


“The Principle” movie can be ordered online.

It talks about how scientist are becoming more acceptable that

GOD created all.  I am sure there are always going to be atheists

but many will change over time


“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at


Just like Immanuel Velikovsky – anyone different in theory from

the norm and from what universities having been taught for

probably centuries and anyone attending those universities has

believed what they have been taught – like a “wedge” of the pie

only.  Read about how the head of Harvard went after Velikovsky

for years-all Velikovsky’s research has proven to be valid over the

years and theories change and become solid science.


Science has been grappling with basic assumption into that

question for years.  About GOD.


The spirit of LIFE is grounded in that GOD has created all and

science and creation are blending and it is too perfect to be a

happenstance.  But, again look at the Fibonacci theory or series as

some say.


Watch Michael Schneider’s YouTube talk about how an artichoke

is created and YOU will understand how more and more scientist

are having to turn to GOD as the creator of all.  Look at the planets,

vibration, the rotating and the movement of all planets.


The more scientist study the universe, the closer the scientist

seem to come to GOD.


Belief is a wonderful thing that we humans have – everyone has

certain beliefs and the important thing to remember is that as we

age or develop in LIFE – our belief system can change or become

really strong in our grounded beliefs.


There are probably always going to be atheists but as science

proves more and more is explained about the universe operates

there will be more of a change towards GOD and all he has



Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Human

Genome Project.  He is a scientist and a believer and finds no

conflict between those world views.


JOY for today.

Age healthy

Prevention Theory






YOU and Joy in YOUR Life


Joy is one of the most important words in the world.  Because

people are always looking for JOY outside of themselves but all it

takes is the journey inwards.  And that is where the problem is

because Selfhood is a difficult process.


Reading about JOY helps us individually, but it is an individual

the journey only YOU can travel.


The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama, is a great book to have in

YOUR library.  It delves into the concept a cultivation of JOY in

life.  About finding true JOY.  Applies nuggets of wisdom to apply

in everyday life, which we always need to have empowerment

from outside to say inside “Yes, that is for me and I will take that



Once again, if YOU do not have peace, joy, and love YOU cannot

help others find it.  By reading and building your own spiritual

library, plus all other books, be grateful YOU are always

developing and growing and learning and becoming MORE.


We each have to live our lives on a daily basis but it is wonderful

to hear from other how they reach JOY in their own life.


When we read about others and their journey it helps us look

within and maybe if it is good we can look at things different and

begin to absorb the good insights.


Sometimes we need to ask difficult questions and we need

sources that give us a new view.  The Book of Joy is one of these

books.  It is an inspiring book for each of us, not the end all but

one of those YOU will be empowered by for your own life.  It will

be challenging and thought to provoke guide through some

essential life issues.  Absorb it and comprehend how it can impact

your life if take the journey toward deeper compassion, sharing,

understanding, enlighten and love.


Dr. Peck’s first sentence in “The Road Less Traveled” is

Life is Difficult


We have to be inspired, empowered, positive, loving, have JOY,

on a daily basis so we need to read books like “The Book of Joy

because “Life is Difficult” and we need to have all the above

everyday and it helps to read and take in what others have to say

so that we can take in, be inspired, empower SELF, be positive,

and loved and have that JOY we need on a daily basis.






YOU and Never Settle



It is only 2 words but for YOU and each of us it is 2 very important





Do not settle for less than you deserve.  That applies to

everything in life.  If you consider yourself a person of high value,

which you should, then you should set a high standard for who

you associate with.  That could include friends, boyfriends, or co-



YOUR image should be a person of high worth


This blog, podcast and all on this website are to raise you to

the highest level of development, what you aspire to, how to get

healthy, and be a productive person and:


What Does Life Expect from YOU?


Finding out what life expect from you – in mind, body and spirit.


Set your standards for SELF high- because YOU are


You can expect only the best for YOU and from YOU


Building a life of high quality and high standards and never

settling for less.

  1. Always look to upgrade


In relationships especially


  1. Friends are a dime a dozen


Branch out to find some wonderful friendships around


  1. Aim for perfect


Never expect to achieve perfection, but never give up in          pursuit of it.


  1. Embrace change


One of my favorite challenging things in life change


Have the attitude that you derive the best in life, great things will

come your way.  Eat the best foods, see the best places, and

meet the best people


Never settle in a relationship


Here are some wonder quotes about SETTLING


Rule #1

Never be #2


Don’t get what you kind of sort of want.

Get what you actually really want.


Sometimes you have to walk away from what you want to find

What you deserve


Let go of what you are used to

Wait for what you deserve


I know what I bring to the table

So trust me when I say I am not afraid to eat alone


Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life


I can’t settle for just anything, my daughter is watching me


It might hurt to walk away but that will never compare to the pain of staying.

Don’t let the fear of being alone, keep you in a relationship

Where you are alone


Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you


Stay hungry, never settle


Never forget that walking away from something unhealthy is BRAVE – even if you stumble a little on way out the door


By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.


YOU are what you settle for


Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.







Do not settle for anything less






YOU and Research showing soil depletion of vitamins & nutrients


This is from scientific American:

The main culprit in the disturbing nutritional trend is soil depletion:

modern intensive agricultural methods have stripped increasing

amounts of nutrients from the soil in which the food we eat grows.

Each successive general of fast-growing, pest-resistant carrot is

truly less good for you than the one before


A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of

researchers from the University of Texas(UT) at Austin’s

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in

December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of

Nutrition.  They studied U.S Department of Agriculture nutritional


Data from both 195 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and

fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein,

calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin(vitamin B2)and vitamin c over

the past half century.  Davis and his colleagues chalk up this

declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural

practices designed to improve traits,(size, growth rate, pest

resistance other than nutrition.


I am adding that since this study there has probably added items



The organic Consumers Association cites several other studies

with similar findings.  A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient date

from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh

vegetables dropped 27 percent, iron levels 37%, vitamin A levels

21%, and vitamin C levels 30%.  There was a British Food Journal

also.  One study concluded that one has to eat eight oranges

today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our

grandparents would have gotten from ONE>


The following is by:

Michael Karr, Ph.D

ARCPACS Certified Professional Soil Scientist


Mineral nutrient depletion continues to be a problem in U. S. farm,

forest, and range soils.  The depletion is caused by natural

processes, such as weathering and erosion, particularly in the

sensitive soils of the southeastern United States.  More

significantly, throughout the United States, human accelerated

depletion is caused by the production of high yield crops and

livestock grazing.  Those activities cause nutrients to be removed

and organic matter to be depleted from the soil;s natural cycling

system.  Moreover, when commercial growers attempt to

replenish the soils of only some mineral nutrients by fertilization

they may exacerbate mineral nutrient imbalances.  While methods

exist to replenish the soil of its mineral nutrients there is a relative

lack of knowledge on how to identify all deficiencies and to fully

correct them.  In addition, the lack of an economic incentive to

implement long term, soil-building solutions perpetuates the

relative fragility and inconsistency of US soils nutrient supplying







YOU and EMFs impact on your health and that of your children

and pets, as our overuse of electricity contributes greatly to

pollution from coal-fired electricity plants.  Those who are wise will

heed the warnings of the electrically sensitive and reduce the

EMF radiation in their homes through good design and reduction of

dependence on electric appliance.


Even if you cannot feel it, or see it, EMF –and more and more we

are into a wireless world.  So be informed and know it is having

an effect and it is accumulative.


Amir Raz, assistant professor of clinical neuroscience at

Columbia University offers the following answer about could

certain frequencies of electromagnetic waves or radiation interfere



DEFINITELY.  Radiation is energy and research findings provide

at least some information concerning how specific types may

influence biological tissue, including that of the brain.

Evidence of health effects from EMF, including their influence on

the brain, is inconclusive and the probability that EMF exposure is

a genuine health hazard is currently small. (Listed below:  Israel and

Germany have concerns) Microwave frequencies below 3,000

megahertz can penetrate the outer layers of the skin, be absorbed

into the underlying tissues, and result in all the known biological

effects of heating, including burns, cataracts, and possible death.


A few studies concluded that cell phone exposure enhanced

certain aspects of cognitive performance as measured by reaction

time and accuracy; others showed no difference, and a few,

including a very recent investigation, show that such exposure

had detrimental effects in specific contexts such as attention



Martin Blank, PhD-Department of Physiology and Cellular

Biophysics at Columbia University has a wonderful little video

about the harmful health effects of electromagnetic radiation

Can cause:

Asthma-Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

Salivary Gland cancer

Brain Tumor

Lymphatic cancer and Bone Marrow Cancer



Alzheimer’s disease




Cell towers health effects

People that live close to cell towers can have fatigue, irritability,

a headache, nausea, appetite loss, sleep disturbance, depression

and on and on


Many home appliances create EMF:

Cordless phones,

Wireless baby monitors

Wireless doorbells

Wireless routers

Wireless modems

Anything wireless


This is all from Natural News:

Ways to reduce EMF radiation in your home and life

Keep your immune system strengthened

Practice a chemical-free lifestyle

Unplug electrical appliances when not in use

Keep your bedroom, and children bedroom, free of electrical

appliances, especially near your head while you sleep

Avoid low-voltage halogen and fluorescent lighting.

Avoid use of microwave ovens, hair dryers, electric toothbrush,

electric blankets

Avoid plasma TVs

Keep computer unplugged when not in use

Avoid areas with wireless networking


BBC new said “low-energy bulbs ‘cause a migraine”

Israel Knesset has bans placing cellular antennas on residential


Germany warns citizens to avoid using Wi-Fi

Be informed and know about EMF and use it, store, it in your

home carefully, in separate rooms from YOU and YOUR children.